By Edd Sterchi
Many people think the Bible is a good book, full of interesting children’s stories, etc., but is no better than many good books on the shelf. Friends, we need to realize that not only is the Bible a good book, it is THE Good Book. The Bible makes some incredible claims about itself, that, if true, make it the most important volume man could ever read. Let’s examine just a few of these from 2 Timothy 3:16-17.
“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God...” - This tells us that the Bible is truthful. God is all truth (Deuteronomy 32:4), thus the word that He gives us will be one of complete truthfulness (John 17:17). The writers of the Bible were inspired by God to write everything accurately. All of the facts brought out in the Scriptures are true, real, and accurate in every detail – historically, geographically, even scientifically. The information brought forth in the Bible has never been proven wrong (and never will be).
“... and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness...” - This tells us that the Bible is educational. Understanding it will aid us greatly. Every doctrinal matter concerning the church and man is covered in it (1 Timothy 3:15; Matthew 11:29). Nothing needs to be (or should be) added to it, and nothing had better be taken away from its teachings (Deuteronomy 4:2; Revelation 22:18-19). There is not one bit of bad advice in the Bible. It gives complete instruction on how to be holy, righteous, good, and godly in every area of life (2 Peter 1:3).
“...that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” - This tells us that the Bible is beneficial. Following its guidance will make us better people. By living it, we can become more complete and able to serve many different ways in many areas (Ephesians 4:11-16). By heeding its instructions, we not only benefit, but many others around us will, as well (1 Timothy 4:16). Living the way the Bible directs would make this world a much more peaceful, much better place.
The wonderful thing is that not only can the Bible make these claims, it can support them. It’s the only book that can, because it’s the only one from God. Yes, indeed, the Bible is THE Good Book and it is very good for each of us. What good is the Bible? It’s good enough to get us to heaven (John 6:18; Ephesians 1:13)!
- Edd Sterchi preaches for the Broadway Church of Christ in Campbellsville, KY. He may be contacted through the congregation's website.